Roger Sutherland 5488 Warren Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105-9425. Telephone: (734) 668-8568. E-mail:

president of SEMBA

We need to have many more healthy populations of honeybees today. Why? Because there have been mounting losses of honeybee hives in recent years. Roger Sutherland, President of SEMBA (SE Michigan Beekeepers Association), says that his first 20 years of beekeeping in the 1960s and 70s were smooth sailing, but that in the mid 80s, first came varroa mites (a serious honeybee parasite), then tracheal mites, then other diseases.

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